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‘Looks hurried’: Journalist slams 5/10 Leeds player v Monaco

After being relegated from the Premier League last term, Leeds have now turned to Daniel Farke to lead them back to the top flight at the first attempt.Farke, who enjoyed great success with Norwich, is hoping to get the Leeds fans onboard early on in his tenure.However, the performance against Monaco today was very much of a side trying to knit new ideas together.

And one man to particularly struggle, according to Yorkshire Live’s Beren Cross, was young defender Leo Hjelde.

Giving his player ratings for the clash, Cross lamented Hjelde’s inability to impress this pre-season, giving him a poor 5/10 rating.

“Just not quite catching the eye at left-back in either of the public friendlies up to this point. Looks hurried in possession and left a few team-mates in the lurch with poor passes” Cross wrote on Hjelde in giving him a 5/10 rating.

New signing Ethan Ampadu was among the players to deliver a better performance, with Cross giving him a seven.

Hjelde, of course, will hope to do better before the season starts. But as Cross says, he’ll need better than this display if he’s to get into the team for opening day.

Leeds might look elsewhere

While friendlies aren’t the be-all and end-all of everything, for a young player like Hjelde they are a chance to really make an impression.

So far, it doesn’t seem like he is doing that. And with that, Leeds might well look at other options or new signings if he’s not going to impress enough.

Ultimately, at a huge club like Leeds, you need to be on it all the time and impressing. And if Hjelde can’t quickly turn things around, then he might find himself out of the team quickly.

Line-up and analysis

Leeds: Meslier (GK), Ayling (Drameh 66’), Ampadu (Shackleton 66’), Cooper (C) (Cresswell 45’), Summerville (Gnonto 45’), James (Bamford 66’), Struijk, Gray (Gyabi 66’), Sinisterra (Gelhardt 45’), Rutter (Joseph 66’), Hjelde (Byram 66’). Subs not used: Klaesson (GK), Van den Heuvel, Bate, Poveda.

Monaco: Kohn (GK), Akliouche, Seghir, Boadu, Camara, Olivieira Campos, Disasi (C), Matazo, Matsima, Okou, Oliveira Silva. Second half: Kohn (GK) (Liennard 62’), Ben Yedder, Golovin, Diop, Maripan, Jakobs, Valme, Aguilar (Magassa 72’), Fofana, Diatta, Volland.

Referee: Bobby Madley

Booked: n/a

Venue: LNER Community Stadium, York

Attendance: tbc

Leeds United faced French Ligue 1 opposition AS Monaco at the LNER Community Stadium in York, in what proved to be a competitive match.

Daniel Farke’s side created plenty of chances and saw much of the ball, but two second half goals from the visitors saw them run out winners in the match, during a 90 minutes which allowed the new first team manager to give minutes to 20 players.

New signing Ethan Ampadu started the match in a deep-lying midfield position, alongside academy graduate Archie Gray. The defence began with Illan Meslier in goal, Leo Hjelde left-back, captain Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk in the middle and Luke Ayling on the right.

The front four that Farke decided to start with was Dan James, Crysencio Summerville, Luis Sinisterra and Georginio Rutter, who regularly interchanged with one another position wise in the opening 45 minutes.

A first chance of the game arrived for Leeds inside the opening 10 minutes. Ampadu showed his range of passing, picking out the onrushing Sinisterra at the back of the box, but the winger couldn’t keep his shot down.

Coming even closer moments later, Hjelde was up from left-back and nearly capitalised on a loose ball, drilling low at goal only to see Philipp Kohn make a strong save in the Monaco net.

Both also coming from crosses, the next players looking to break the deadlock were James and Ayling, but neither could find the target.

The visitors had offered very little going forward and were restricted to strikes from range when they did get into the Leeds half. Eliesse Ben Seghir was the player to try his luck a couple of times, but nothing troubled Meslier.

The teams went in at half-time level and despite the goalless scoreline, it had been entertaining in York.

HALF TIME: Leeds United 0-0 AS Monaco

Out for the second half, Monaco made a number of changes to their line-up whilst the Whites had swapped just three. On came Charlie Cresswell for Struijk, Willy Gnonto for Summerville and Joe Gelhardt replaced Sinisterra.

The away side were awarded a penalty early in the second half. Gnonto was adjudged to have fouled Edan Diop and up stepped Wissam Ben Yedder from the spot to tuck home and put Monaco ahead.

Farke made further changes shortly after the goal. Mateo Joseph, Patrick Bamford, Jamie Shackleton, Sam Byram, Darko Gyabi and Cody Drameh all entered the game. They replaced Ayling, Ampadu, Gray, James, Hjelde, Rutter.

Leeds were seeing most of the ball and continued to push forward, but they were limited to set-play opportunities as the match edged towards the final 15 minutes – none of which were capitalised on.

With 12 minutes to go, Krepin Diatta put in an excellent cross to the back post and picked out his teammate, Kevin Volland. The striker looped a clever header into the top corner to double the advantage for Monaco.

There was to be one final chance was Bamford found space in the box in the final few seconds, but his effort which was heading in, was cleared behind by Magassa to deny the forward. That was to be the final action of this pre-season friendly, with the whistle for full time going shortly after

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